The Young Okinawans of Hawaii (YOH) Christmas Senior Luncheon

 

The Young Okinawans of Hawaii Christmas Senior Luncheon started many years ago as a way for our organization to show our appreciation to our senior members for the many sacrifices they have made for ther current and future generations of our Uchinanchu heritage. 2011 marks the 31st continuous year of this popular community service event and as in the past years, was held at the Hawaii Okinawa Center in Waipio, Hawaii.

 

We invite various Okinawan organizations and its members to enjoy a free lunch that includes a bento, refreshments, and entertainment. Free bus shuttles are provided for those that have difficulty driving to this annual event. Of course we could not have been able to put on such a grand event without the support and assistance of other organizations such as the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA) for allowing us free use of the Legacy Hall, Hawaii Taiko Kai for the delicious Christmas sata andagi, Ukwanshin Kabudan for their year-round support, Punahou Japanese Okinawan Club for their student volunteers and Derek Shiroma and his Urizun Minyou Kyokai. This year we were also supported by the Ryukyu Honryu Ryuko Kai dance school under the direction of sensei Mitsuko Toguchi Nakasone and Chimugukuru Eisa with Van Shimabukuro. We would like to thank them for donating their time to help us honor our guests with Okinawan music and dance. Ippe Nifwe Debiru to you all!

 

 

Our YOH members put on many fundraisers and performances throughout the year to create awareness and educate people about our unique cultural traditions. We receive neither sponsorship nor grants in hosting this luncheon event but depend solely on our fundraising efforts and individual contributors so that we can continue to host this annual event. All monetary donations are much appreciated and will be used in a responsible and prudent manner.

Although we are currently not taking any ticket reservations for 2012, if you know of any family or friends that are at least 62 years of age or older and who may like to attend our luncheon event, please feel free to send us an email with their name and contact number. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

As of this writing, we are not taking any phone reservations at this moment but we will announce it in the fall issues of the Uchinanchu newsletter available through the Hawaii United Okinawa Association.